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From lush and green, to lusciously pink

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Organizers said Saturday's race was one for the record books.

It's estimated more than 6,000 people registered for Tyler's Komen Race for the Cure.

Survivors and supporters alike donned their pink apparel for a community-wide celebration of life.

"Seeing all these wonderful people gives you a real, warm, wonderful feeling to know that there are people out there that really care and understand what we're going through," said Marilyn Sirmans.  Sirmans is a five-year breast cancer survivor.

Wilma Jamerson said she was diagnosed with the illness five months ago.  "I was saved to let someone else know that there is always hope," she said.

"There's a lot of passion involved in this organization," said Jennifer Watkins, executive director of Komen for the Cure, Tyler.  "I think it's a growing movement."

Seventy five percent of the money raised will help fund research and clinical programs in Smith County.

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